With summer looming right around the corner, families across Long Island are getting ready to open their swimming pools. Although being a pool owner is fun for everyone, it also comes with a significant amount of responsibility to ensure that everyone is safe at all times. Each year, we read how children everywhere (even here on Long Island) have drowned in backyard pools in seconds – don’t let this happen to anyone you know this year.
To keep everyone safe this summer, here are 10 swimming pool safety tips to follow*.
1. Learn how to swim. Adults are encouraged to enroll children in swimming classes and take classes themselves.
2. Do not swim alone – always have a swimming buddy.
3. Keep rescue equipment and a telephone close to the pool.
4. Never let children use a pool, including kiddie pools, without adult supervision.
5. When not in use, kiddie pools should be emptied and safely stored.
6. Make sure all pool ladders are properly stored away when not in use.
7. Lock all gates and entrances to the pool when it is not being used.
8. Discourage running anywhere near the pool. The area surrounding a swimming pool can quickly become wet and slippery.
9. Adults may want to learn CPR to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
10. Don’t drink alcohol if you are planning to swim – it will slow your reaction time and affect balance and judgment.
If you live in the Town of Oyster Bay, you can get a free residential pool safety inspection by the town’s Department of Planning and Development. To schedule your appointment, call 516.624.6200. You do not need to have a permit to schedule your appointment, but if necessary, you will be asked to apply for one at the time of inspection. The safety check will include such items as alarms, fences, gates, pool decking, ladders, pool covers and filter water inlets and outlets – if there are potential problems, corrective measures will be suggested.
Both residents and non-residents can visit the Town of Oyster Bay’s website for a comprehensive Pool Safety brochure.
Use common sense and have fun!
* Swimming Pool Safety Tips provided by the Town of Oyster Bay